Raffaella A. Del Sarto

PhD, Associate Professor of Middle East Studies

The Johns Hopkins University of Advanced International Studies, SAIS Europe (Bologna campus)

About me

Associate Professor of Middle East Studies, SAIS Europe - Johns Hopkins University

Robert Schuman Fellow, European University Institute (Sept. 2019 - March 2020)

Part-time professor - European University Institute, Robert Schuman Centre (2011-3/2019)

European Research Council (ERC) grant holder (2011-2017) - BORDERLANDS project

Pears Fellow in Israel and Mediterranean Studies, St Antony's College, Oxford University (2007-2011)

Marie Curie Fellow, European University Institute (2005-2007)

Jean Monnet Fellow, European University Insitute (2004-2005)

PhD in International Relations (summa cum laude) - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Interests & expertise

International relations of the Middle East; the domestic-foreign policy nexus; regional order(s); borders, power and interdependence

Relations between Europe/the EU and MENA/the Mediterranean Middle East; European-Israeli-Palestinian relations

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Israel's foreign and domestic policies


Fluent: English, German, French, Italian, Hebrew

Some Spanish and some Arabic


The History and Politics of North Africa and the Middle East - SAIS Europe

Europe and the Middle East - SAIS Europe

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: History, Politics, Narratives - SAIS Europe

Recent academic publications (books and articles)

2019. ‘Stuck in the Logic of Oslo: Europe and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict’, The Middle East Journal 73(3): 376-396.

2017. Israel under Siege: The Politics of Insecurity and the Rise of the Israeli Neo-Revisionist Right, Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press.

2017. ‘Contentious Borders in the Middle East and North Africa: Context and Concepts’, International Affairs 93(4): 767-787.

2017 (ed.). ‘Contentious Borders: The Middle East and North Africa post-2011’, special issue of International Affairs 93(4), co-edited with Louise Fawcett and Asli S. Okyay, abstracts at https://doi.org/10.1093/ia/iix140

2016. ‘Normative Empire Europe: The European Union, Its Borderlands, and the “Arab Spring”’, Journal of Common Market Studies 54(2): 215-232.

2015 (ed.). Fragmented Borders, Interdependence and External Relations: The Israel-Palestine-European Union Triangle, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Contentious Borders: The Middle East and North Africa post-2011,

International Affairs 93(4), 2017, special issue, edited by Raffaella A. Del Sarto, Louise Fawcett, and Asli S. Okyay

Recent essays, opinion pieces, policy reports & working papers

2019. 'Trump's Israel-Palestine plan is all smoke and mirrors', The Hill, 21 June.

2019. Insecurity, Identity Politics, and the Restructuring of the Middle East, in Shifting Global Politics and the Middle East, POMEPS Studies 34, Project on Middle East Political Science, March (the complete collection is available here).

2019. Interregnum: The Regional Order in in the Middle East and North Africa after 2011, MENARA Final Report no. 1, February, with Helle Malmvig and Eduard Soler i Lecha.

2018. 'The Mirage of Regionalism in the Middle East and North Africa Post-2011,' MENARA Working Papers No. 18, October, with Eduard Soler i Lecha.

2018. 'New Trends in Identity Politics in the Middle East and North Africa and their Impact on State-Society Relations,' MENARA Working Papers No. 14, October 2018, with Silvia Colombo (lead author), Enrico Campelli, and Francesca Caruso.

2018. ‘The Governance of Migration and Border Controls in the European-North African Context’, MENARA Working Paper No. 13, September, with Jean-Pierre Cassarino.

2017. 'After Mosul, are borders and state sovereignty still an issue in the Middle East?', Oxford University Press blog (OUPblog), with Asli S. Okyay.